By Steven Polka, Talonda Thomas, and Marck AbrahamEDA600 – OnlineDr. John ThompsonTheory of School AdministrationCanisius College
Substance Abuse at Western Valley High School How to Effectively Discipline Substance abuse
Current State Desired State Lack of an obvious way to eliminate the gap between “current state” and “desired state” Level of Knowledge
Dr. Tatum being appointed to high school principal without adequate experience There is a lack of uniformity on drug policies in the school. Each drug infraction is handled case by case as opposed to being disciplined by a set of rules.
Reverting back to the practices of the former principal Adhering to a policy based on the school district policy manual Reconvening the original committee to come up with alternative plans to ensure adequate disciplinary measures and school safety
The superintendent appointed a young and inexperienced principal instead of appointing one of the assistant principals. The principal changed the disciplinary plan right before school started, however she got approval from the school board. The principal is being pressured from the community that her new disciplinary plans are not working, and are in fact making the substance abuse problem at the school worse. The faculty and staff have not supported the new principal in her efforts of finding more effective ways to deal with student discipline and to reduce the schools dropout rate.
Coercive Leadership has been applied in thissituation and has left Dr. Tatum trying toconvince others to go with her disciplinepolicy even though they do not believe in it.Trying to deal with the crisis of substanceabuse in this school, the coercive leadership
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